Richard Trevithick

1771 - 1833

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Richard Trevithick (13 April 1771 – 22 April 1833) was a British inventor and mining engineer. The son of a mining captain, and born in the mining heartland of Cornwall, Trevithick was immersed in mining and engineering from an early age. He was an early pioneer of steam-powered road and rail transport, and his most significant contributions were the development of the first high-pressure steam engine and the first working railway steam locomotive. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Trevithick has received more than 781,489 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia. Richard Trevithick is the 45th most popular inventor (down from 34th in 2019), the 300th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 262nd in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Inventor.

Richard Trevithick is most famous for inventing the first steam-powered locomotive, which was the first machine to move on rails.

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Among inventors, Richard Trevithick ranks 45 out of 355Before him are Igor Sikorsky, Ismail al-Jazari, Abbas ibn Firnas, Isaac Singer, László Bíró, and Elon Musk. After him are Charles Goodyear, Willis Carrier, Wilhelm Maybach, Douglas Engelbart, Karl Drais, and John Boyd Dunlop.

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Among people born in 1771, Richard Trevithick ranks 3Before him are Walter Scott and Robert Owen. After him are Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen, Emperor Kōkaku, Antoine-Jean Gros, Julie Clary, Princess Louise Auguste of Denmark, Alois Senefelder, Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, Marie François Xavier Bichat, and Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg. Among people deceased in 1833, Richard Trevithick ranks 4Before him are Nicéphore Niépce, Kaspar Hauser, and Ferdinand VII of Spain. After him are Adrien-Marie Legendre, Marie-Antoine Carême, Seraphim of Sarov, Ram Mohan Roy, Hugh Glass, William Wilberforce, Pierre André Latreille, and Jean-Baptiste Jourdan.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Richard Trevithick ranks 300 out of 6,924Before him are Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (1751), Thomas Andrews (1873), Calico Jack (1682), Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (1947), Oswald Mosley (1896), and Jane Goodall (1934). After him are Jacqueline Bisset (1944), Syd Barrett (1946), Joseph Merrick (1862), Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (1901), G. H. Hardy (1877), and Patrick Stewart (1940).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Richard Trevithick ranks 8Before him are Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Charles Babbage (1791), George Stephenson (1781), Thomas Newcomen (1663), John Logie Baird (1888), and John Herschel (1792). After him are John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Frank Whittle (1907), Richard Arkwright (1732), Thomas Savery (1650), and Edmund Cartwright (1743).